Home » Blog

Sticky: About This Blog; Disclaimer

December 26, 2015

Thank you for visiting the Pospis Law Blog (the “Blog”), maintained by Pospis Law, PLLC (the “Firm”). The Blog primarily provides general information regarding developments in the New York law in our primary practice areas of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and personal injury. In addition to our general website disclaimer (which is incorporated by reference), the following […]

Read more→

Supermarket Slip/Fall Personal Injury Claim Survives Summary Judgment

April 22, 2017

In Capobianco v. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC, No. 14 CIV. 6112 (NSR), 2017 WL 1157173 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 24, 2017), a personal injury slip-and-fall action, the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment. In sum, plaintiff testified that upon entering the “bottle room” of defendant’s supermarket (i.e., the area where customers tend to their recycling […]

Read more→

2d Circuit Hears Oral Argument as to Whether the Single Use of the “N-Word” by a Supervisor is Sufficient to Overcome Summary Judgment on Plaintiff’s Hostile Work Environment Claim

April 21, 2017

On April 18, 2017, the Second Circuit heard oral argument in the case of Daniel v. T&M Protection Resources LLC (Case No. 15-560). At issue is whether a single, offensive comment (here, the n-word) is sufficient to overcome summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. The EEOC argued (as Amicus Curiae in support of pro […]

Read more→

Court Dismisses Gay Plaintiff’s Title VII Discrimination Complaint; Gender Stereotyping Claim Not Plausibly Alleged

April 20, 2017

In Garvey v. Childtime Learning Ctr., No. 5:16-CV-1073, 2017 WL 1378179 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 13, 2017), the Judge McAvoy adopted Magistrate Judge Baxter’s Report and Recommendation that plaintiff’s discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – based on the failure to hire him due to his perceived sexual orientation – be […]

Read more→

SCOTUS Clarifies Standard For District Court Evaluation of EEOC Subpoenas in Employment Discrimination Cases

April 19, 2017

In McLane Co. v. E.E.O.C., No. 15-1248, 2017 WL 1199454 (U.S. Apr. 3, 2017), as revised (Apr. 3, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a district court’s decision to enforce or quash an EEOC subpoena should be reviewed for abuse of discretion, and not (as the Ninth Circuit held) de novo. The facts of the […]

Read more→

Court Upholds NYSDHR Finding of National Origin Discrimination & Hostile Work Environment and Resulting Damages

April 18, 2017

In Matter of NYS Div. of Human Rights v. SUV Prod., Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op 02910 (NY App. Div. 1st Dept. April 13, 2017), the court unanimously confirmed the findings of the New York State Division of Human Rights’ (DHR) December 19, 2008 Order concluding that respondent subjected complainants to discrimination and a hostile work environment based […]

Read more→

Retaliation Claim Survives Dismissal; Letter Placing Plaintiff on Probation was an “Adverse Employment Action”

April 17, 2017

In Richard v. N.Y. City Dep’t of Educ., No. 16-CV-957 (MKB), 2017 WL 1232498 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), the court held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and therefore denied defendant’s motion to dismiss that claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6).[1]The court granted defendant’s […]

Read more→

$100k Award for Child’s Ankle Fracture Deviated Materially From Reasonable Compensation; New Trial Ordered Unless Defendant Agrees to Pay $300k

April 16, 2017

In Sawh v. Bally Contracting Corp., No. 16789/10, 2017 WL 902330 (N.Y. App. Div. 2d Dept. Mar. 8, 2017), the court granted plaintiff’s motion under CPLR 4404(a) to set aside a $100,000 jury verdict on the issue of damages for past pain and suffering, which in the court’s view were too low. From the Decision […]

Read more→

Owner, Tenant Not Liable in Negligence Case Arising From Tarloff Murder

April 15, 2017

In Faughey v. New 56-79 IG Assoc., L.P., 2017 NY Slip Op 02608 (App. Div. 1st Dept. April 4, 2017), the court affirmed the dismissal of negligence claim against the owner and tenant arising from the murder of Kathryn P. Faughey by David Tarloff. From the decision: The motion court correctly dismissed the complaint. Even […]

Read more→

Court Declines to Order Production of Plaintiff’s Tax Returns in Race/Sex Hostile Work Environment Case

April 14, 2017

In Black v. Buffalo Meat Serv., Inc., No. 15CV49S, 2017 WL 1196469 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017) – a race/sex hostile work environment and constructive discharge case – the court ruled on the parties’ respective discovery motions. The facts, as summarized by the court: Plaintiff claims that defendants created a hostile work environment on the basis […]

Read more→

Citing “Monkey” Comment, SDNY Rules in Favor of Plaintiff in Race Discrimination & Hostile Work Environment Case Against Jacob & Co. Watches

April 13, 2017

In Green v. Jacob & Co. Watches, Inc., No. 15 CIV. 3611 (PAC), 2017 WL 1208596 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), the court held, inter alia, that plaintiff – an African American man who held the title of Director of Security for Jacob & Co. – plausibly alleged discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims under federal, […]

Read more→